Nature's Place

Noble Visitors …

P1060468_filtered Mark Berkery

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It’s another record year, never been 2015 before, as far as we are aware.

And in the garden it’s been another record, but who’s counting … I can’t help noticing the increase in variety and numbers of insect visitors, especially now the butterfly bushes are flowering and a few years work with the soil is bearing fruit.

It is said the Stag is a noble beast – I remember that from somewhere. Maybe it comes from the old English kings practise of hunting them, they had to be noble for kings to hunt them …

But really, kings are just ordinary men dressed up. Every body is of noble blood, all god – whatever that is – made. And the antlered beetle is no exception.

All god made things, and all things god made. To exclude one is to invite conflict to the mind.

Try maintaining a prejudice, a psychological position, without some conflict appearing.

As within, so without. And nothing is absolute, both ways …

© Mark Berkery ……. Click a picture for a closer look
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  1. Emily Scott said, on 28/11/2015 at 6:50 am

    This beetle has a lot of personality… quite an inquisitive look. And I love how hairy it is underneath, almost cuddly.

  2. Cate said, on 24/11/2015 at 12:17 pm

    Wow, what a handsome creature! All we have here with antlers are the dumb ol’ deer. :) Great shots, Mark!

    • Mark said, on 24/11/2015 at 1:02 pm

      Thanks Cate. You mean the noble stag of course … :-)

  3. Lissa said, on 24/11/2015 at 6:46 am

    That’s a Buddleia flower spike your beetle is on. Interesting. Were they after some nectar do you think? Not entirely sure what beetles eat or if they bother eating anything in their short (?) lives, mating being the main objective.

    My little Buddleias are growing well but a long way off flowering. Can’t wait to see what they attract:)

    • Mark said, on 24/11/2015 at 8:46 am

      Yes, it is Lissa. They feed and mate on the flowers, like old hippies – where the hippies got it from. I’ve seen beetles eat all sorts, fruit and nectar is what I would provide them.

      It doesn’t take long for the Buddleias to set down roots and start up. I got a few more for pots – can move them from the heat of summer if need be, the really dark purple one that was so loved early on by so many natives.

  4. David said, on 24/11/2015 at 4:52 am

    A fantastic insect and photos to match.

  5. gottatakemorepix said, on 24/11/2015 at 2:27 am

    Love the second shot, Mark. Can’t tell if it’s curious or pissed off, but that one has plenty of options for captions.

    • Mark said, on 24/11/2015 at 8:41 am

      Thanks Steve. I think it may have been just full of beans, mating time – you know … :-) It may just have been at the end of the flower spike and needing to turn, they are awkward to move in small spaces. And sometimes they won’t move for their life, at others they won’t keep still.

  6. Karen Douglass said, on 24/11/2015 at 1:22 am

    That first shot is amazing. Lovely, thanks.

    • Mark said, on 24/11/2015 at 8:38 am

      Thanks Karen. That was just one of those, right place and time, and ready …

  7. Walking My Path: Mindful Wanderings in Nature said, on 23/11/2015 at 11:44 pm

    What a wonderful beetle! Great shots!!!


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